Titans Rookie QB Rusty Smith 'OK' in Preseason Opener
Smith, a sixth-round selection by the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 NFL Draft, played well in spots in a 20-18 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night, but told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean there key mistakes the would prefer to have avoided.
He threw an interception that ended a potential game-winning drive.
"If you take that last play away, I would be extremely happy,'' Smith said. "I am disappointed in the last play, but things like that happen. The play was there, but the throw wasn't, and I have to live with it.''
Smith completed 7 of 14 passes for 71 yards, and Wyatt wrote that he "showed some encouraging signs," including leading a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that included a two-point conversion throw that cut the lead to 20-18.
Meanwhile, Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said Smith also made another late mistake by calling a timeout with the play clock winding down. But overall it was a solid debut.
"I think learned lessons there,'' Fisher said. "The only person who calls timeout on the sideline is me. I'd rather take a delay than call the timeout and there is certainly a difference going to a 2-minute drive with timeouts in your back pocket compared to no timeouts. The drive could have been executed differently and maybe he would have not forced that ball down there. ... I thought for his first time out, I thought he was OK.''
Fisher also said that while veteran backup quarterback Kerry Collins didn't play, that was an expected move and not a reflection on Collins' performance.
"We just didn't have enough reps to go around,'' Fisher said. "Kerry is having a great camp, we know what he can do and he is going to play the next couple of weeks. I wanted to give the other guys more opportunities.''